Olympic CEO Bach Only to Tokyo on July 12

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International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach will not arrive in Tokyo until July 12, less than two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games.


The German had to cancel a trip to Japan in May due to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus and will not travel to the host country in June, the IOC reported.

Bach was supposed to be present at the Olympic torch relay in Hiroshima in May, but visitors were not allowed there. Japan has tightened corona measures due to a new wave of infections.

The IOC is trying to allay the concerns of the Japanese population about the Games as much as possible. About 60 percent of the Japanese are now against the continuation of the sporting event. Bach offered additional medical staff on Wednesday to help implement the hygiene protocols designed to make the Games as safe as possible.

It has already been decided that foreign spectators are not welcome, and it is still the question of whether the Japanese will be able to visit the Olympic games to a limited extent. IOC and the organizing committee will decide on this in June.

Bach previously emphasized that the Games in Tokyo and also the Paralympic Games will be safe for everyone, both for the athletes and the Japanese community. The German said it is expected that 80 percent of the athletes and attendants who come to Tokyo will be vaccinated.

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